Minku Kim Prefers Motivation Over Inspiration Minku answers some of our favorite questions to ask artists.

Minku Kim, a South Korean-born, New York-based artist, is one of the newest artists to join Twyla. He is a process-oriented, abstract artist who recently spent a year making a series of over 100 paintings using only oil paint, pencil, sharpie and a ruler. To get to know him a bit better beyond his artwork, we asked him to answer a few of our questions.

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1. What are your favorite works of art?
The Thinker by Rodin and Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Picasso.


2. I always have [fill in the blank] in my studio.

A ruler.

3. What famous person would you most like to have dinner with?

Picasso (I know, he's dead).


4. What websites are you addicted to?

Gmail, Instagram, and the New York Times.

5. Describe your perfect day.

100 hours in a day?

6. Favorite things to do when you are not making art?

Discovering new music. Playing soccer.

7. My ultimate secret for finding inspiration is....

Just keep working and stay focused on my own work in the studio. Sometimes, I go to the Met, MoMA, or Gagosian for different perspectives. I get motivated, but not so often inspired. I get ideas from news, media, music, food, people, and personal relationships. 

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8. What would your final meal be?

Lots of sushi.

9. What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I memorized over 200 different international flags and their location when I was seven.

10. What music do you like and why?

I listen to hip-hop, rap, electronic, jazz, classical, hardcore, punk, R&B, or opera depending on my mood. I enjoy the way my emotions get enhanced or shifted by which tracks I play.

11. What are you most fascinated with right now?

432 Park Ave., Gucci Mane, babies, tech in the near future.


12. What are some words you live by?

Never give up.

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